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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 27, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 22 THE UTHBRIDGE HERAID Friday, April 27, 1973 LAWRENCE: E. LAMB, M. D. Debate continues over Vitamin E Your horoscope By JEANE DIXON Dear Dr. Lamb 1 lead an article in Cosmopolitan, con- cerning Mtamin E Millions of laymen are that vita- min E can possibly cure (or at least relieve) symptoms of such diseases as emphysema. I'd like to know a little about vita- inin and if it can do all or any of what is claimed Dear Header I receive an enormous numbei of letters asking about vitamin E. This is not surprising in View of the very effective advertising cam- paign used to tout the suppos- ed benefits of vitamin E. The Amencan Medical Assn. agrees that we need a small amount of Mtamin E But even if we do not get that in our diet, there is no evidence that there is anv disturbance in the body's normal function. This is quite different from most other vitamins which have definite roles in the human bodj. such as vitamin C If jou don't get enough vitamin C over a long period of time specific changes can be identified, including the development of scurvj, a well- known disease The same can be stated fpr lack of thiamme and other vit- amins The only evidence in man of a need for vitamin E is in certain conditions in pre- mature infants and a few rare medical conditions. At the last national meeting of the Amencan Heart Assn. Dr. Robert E. Olson, one of the nationally prominent investiga- tors, reported that after an evaluation of vitamin E there Fun with figures By J. A. H. HUNTER Betty shook her head ''So you find Jill's new apartment she said. "Or is it Jill "Come on, she's only a fad." John chuckled it is quite interesting. It's half again as much as what you get if you square the total of its three figures What's that number? (Answer Mondaj) Yesterday's answer: SPOTS was 10291 was no evidence that it was beneficial in preventing or cur- ing heart disease. Many lucky individuals who do well after recovery from a heart attack would have done well whether they took vitamin E or not. Some patients get well in spite of their doctors rather than be- cause of us. A discerning doc- tor learns this. An article in the January issue of Consumer Reports on vitamin E reports 60 ailments, including emphysema, vhich are mistakenly touted as1 hav- ing been prevented, or treated by vitamin E In short, man} of the things that vitamin E is touted to cure or prevent are not benefited. How then do you account for the number of people who claim to have benefits from vitamin E? This is simple Doc- tors have known for years that they can give placebos, such as sugar pills and pink water, to their patients and a number of them will feel markedly better. Many quack cures depend upon this response, which is really based on the person's faith in Ms medicine. The mind has a curious and powerful influence on how the body responds and how we feel. For this reason competent scientists investigate new treatments, a pill or even a sur- gical procedure, by carefully designed research methods and statistical analysis. Such meth- ods are planned to eliminate chance, faith healing and coin- cidence The doctor's enthus- iasm also has an effect on how the patient feels. Individuals who have res- ponded well to treatment, even if it is pink water, are sold on the treatment and their doctor. Modern scientific experimental methods help to prevent both the doctor and the patient from being deceived I know these remarks about vitamin E will not set well with many people, but facts are facts stific investigations of SATURDAY, APRIL 28 Your birthday today: Suc- cess now comes in direct pro- portion to your motivation and diligence. Where you co- operate as a self sustaining individual, all goes normal- ly Today's natives are strong- willed, interested in science. Aries (March 21 April Time for a survey. Consider check-ups for your health, for jour home, for convemejnce and safety; your possessions and for clearance and replace- ments. Taurus April 20-May A look at what you're about to do with your money may save you a goodly portion of it. So- cial action seems necessary. Gemini (May 21-Juoe Plan on dealing with things alone, rather than expecting help. A too ambitious scheme leaves you carrying all jobs. Cancer (June 21 July Concern for others tends to up- set jour schedule. Those for whom you sacrifice are too in- volved to recognize all of what jou do. Leo (July 23 Aug. Working capital, available re- sources are the main issues of the day. Be alert to stay ahead of competition today all day. Virgo (Aug. 23 Sept. Can you be patient with the many petty incidents and clash- es of the crowded weekend? Avoid overdoing anything. Libra (Sept. 23 Oct. In the search for justice and recovery, many arts and skills are used, many decisions are made. Scorpio (Oct. 23 Nov. Confidential matters thrive in terms of your successful man- eourvering, personal politics. Be visible but discreet. Sagittarius (Nov. 22 Dec. Taking others' emotional needs into account becomes a chore. Taking individual dis- tinctions fairly into account is a good way to begin. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. Again the conservative ap- proach pays dividends, some purely symbolic, some merely the avoidance of difficulty. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. Mantal needs and romantic harmony require your full and open expression quietly offered. It's more important to keep in touch than to prevail. Pisces (Feb. 19-March Esrly stress, perhaps odd visi- tors' needs, later resolves in social invitation, talk. Abstain from business. (1973, The Chicago Tribune) Kindest regards, Snoopy Dictated but not read. L TUMBLEWEEDS-By Tom K. Ryan SOS MAN WHOM OWNS IT riNK IT'S STILL HIS CATTLE! WHAT'S RAT PAT, SNOOKIE, PEAR; IS A CATTLE! MY CATTLE! WHY'S WE TAKIN1 IT WIT US? BlONDIE-By Chic Young Ask Andy I DAG WOOD, WERE THERE ANJYCALLS FORME WMILE I WAS AWAY OH, DEAR.' ND I WANTED fO SPEAK TO HER.TDO.' J OH, SHE'S STILL >_X 6OODIE WA1TINS PHONE 4-17 BESIDES ALL THAT; THEY LIVE LONSER THAN DO an vitamin E have proved that most of the claims that have been made for it have little or no basis. Send jour questions to Dr. Lamb, in care of this news- paper. P 0. Box 1551, Radio City Station, New York, N.Y. 10019. For a copy of Dr. Lamb's booklet on balanced diet, send 50 cents to the same address and ask for "Balanced Diet" booklet. GOREN ON BRIDGE BY CHARLES H. GOREN Ttt Chicago TrMM Neither vulnerable. West deals. NORTH AA74 O A 9 5 3 WEST EAST A10S5 AQJ93 R7AJ73 f V Sand dollars and sea urchins are classed as echinoids, a name which refers to their prickly skins. The sea urchins are as round as door knobs and some measure 12 inches wide. The sand dollars are pancake style sea urchins, ranging from half an inch to three inches wide. Though these simple little sea dwellers are well armed against most of their enemies, they prefer to live more-or-less in hiding. Adult sand dollars squat on the floor of the sea, often part- ly covered with sand. Life be- gins anew when the summer sun warms their watery world. This is the mating sea- BEETLc BAIlEY-By Mart Walker Today in history By THE CANADIAN PRESS Ferdinand Magellan, the Portuguese exolorer wflo undertook to sail around the world, was tailed in the Philippines 452 years ago to- after sailing his fleet cf five ships west- ward across the Pacific. On his waj he had marked the papal boundary between the S p a ni s h and Portuguese spheres of influence and dis- covered tne Straits Of Ma- gellan. The survivors con- tinued the circumnaviga- tion, arriving home years after their departure. Syngman Rhee re- signed as president of South Korea. American and Rus- sian troops met at the Elbe River at Torfau, cutting Germanv m two. The British evacu- ated Dombas, Norway, dur- ing the- Sccc :d Wodd War. American designer Norman Bel Geddes was bom. Bntish historian Ed- ward Gibbon was born. son. However, there is BO dat- ing and the parents do not even meet each other. Instead, they strew millions of male and fe- male cells into the hazardous sea. Unless pairs of cells meet and unite in a short time, they perish. When a male and a female cell unite, they form a fertil- ized egg and the miraculous process of a new Me beings. The egg cell divides, then div- ides again and again. This process is repeated until the budding embryo becomes an infant sand dollar larva. You would never guess that this frisky youngster is related to the stogy sand dollars squat- ting down there on the floor of the sea. He is a born swimmer. What's more, he has a head and a tail-end plus two oppo- site sides. This is most re- markable, for his parents are five-sided creatures, related to! the five-armed starfishes. But for a while, the sand dollar larva lives the life of a two- sided animal. Later he gives up his freedom and sinks down to the bottom. There his body goes through a drastic remod- eling. Eventually, he becomes a prickly flat five-sided echin- oid. just like Ms parents. For a long time, biologists were puzzled by the way in which a sand dollar forms. Now they suspect that his strange life story tells an even stranger story of the past. Per- haps the sand dollar ancestors were swimmers. Biologists sus- pect that many millions of years ago, the adults resembled the larva sand dollars of mod- ern times. Gradually the fam- ily gave up traveling and be- came stay-at-homes This theory is logical. We know that many animals change their habits and even their life style in order to sur- vive We know that life in the hungry sea is very risky and only a very small number of sand dollar larvae survive long enough to become adults. It seems reasonable that their re- mote ancestors gave up ming in order to survive. Questions asked by children of Herald readers should be mailed to Ask Andy, P.O. Box 765. HuntiEglon Beacb, California 92646. (Copyright Chronicle Publishing Co. 1973) LI'L ABNER-By Andy Capp SINCE I'M 6OIN6 TO BE- IN HERE FOR 20 YEARS, SN1VELLY-WHY SHOULD I 1 PAY YOUR SALARY LOCK ME IN AND SET THE. CONTROIS-, (VOU'RE FIRED. ALL RIGHT- PERMANENT DEEP ARCHIE-By Bob Montana HOW'D YDUGETAKNOCK1 VOUHAYE UPATAU. PALM TREE AND DROP NO, DUMB I'LL HOLt IT AND YOU HIT IT WITH THE HAMMER MY IMITATION OF A MEAT IN LOOK A NON MOM GOT JgETURNABlE OS ATTHH SUPERMARKET? HI AND LOIS-By Dik Browns Bridge urged REGDJA